There is not one dog owner that does not talk to their dogs like it’s a real human companion. Some owners talk to their furry friends like they are a baby. Some speak to them as if their dogs are just a peer or same-age buddy.
This is called anthropomorphizing or the giving of human traits and characteristics to a non-person such as animals, plants, and other non-living things. In the According to Science series of How to Survive, these anthropomorphizing tendencies of dog parents are discussed using studies and researches of science.
Dogs Are Naturally Attentive
It is natural for us, humans, to talk to our furry babies. It’s a sign of high intelligence, so don’t be shy about it. This is a good match because dogs are also naturally attentive and social animals too. When we communicate with them, they would always look like listening. A dog’s ‘listening’ cues are usually the tilting of their heads, the perking of their ears, and the way they look to the eyes of their owners.
Surprisingly, these listening cues are something that you will not usually get from a cat, a guinea pig, and even from monkeys. Listening, however, does not always mean understanding whatever it is that you are saying. Of course, dogs can not understand about politics, if you find yourselves fretting about it to your furry companion.
Use Dog Speech and Dog-Related Words
Different research studies show that dogs tend to listen and communicate with you in hopes to make you happy or get some food. However, it does not necessarily mean that they don’t want to use a particular language, so we could properly communicate with them.
Another study from the University of York in England revealed that by speaking to your dog and using words you feel your dog may understand can be best for your pet. Inviting them to go for a walk is much more appealing and would catch a dog’s best attention than saying the news that you’ve just picked up groceries.
But always talking in a high-pitch tone will not do the trick to get them all excited. You have to use both dog speech and dog-related words to fully catch your dog’s attention and, in a way, understand you. The study also concluded that it creates a stronger bond between the owners and their doggy pets.
This According to Science series also advises that listening to your dog in terms of the length, strength, and pitch of his bark will be helpful because these can tell you a lot of things that will aid in communicating with your furry buddy.
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